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Molly McLaren’s mother, murdered by her stalker ex, gets emotional in new documentary

A mother whose daughter was stabbed 75 times in a frenzied assault by her stalker ex-boyfriend has revealed she is still haunted by the killer’s chilling words to police warning that “more is to come.”

Joshua Stimpson, of Wouldham, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the brutal murder of Molly McLaren in Chatham, Kent, in 2017. He stabbed her with a knife after following her to the gym, 12 days after she ended their seven-month relationship.

Molly, 23, had told friends she was “always looking over her shoulder” after becoming increasingly concerned that Joshua was following her and posting threatening messages on social media.

In tonight’s ITV2 documentary, The Murder of Molly McLaren: Social Media Murders, her mother Joanne becomes emotional when she recalls taking her daughter to the police to report Joshua’s disturbing behaviour.

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A mother (pictured) whose daughter was stabbed 75 times in a frenzied assault by her stalker ex-boyfriend has revealed she is still haunted by the killer's chilling words to police warning them more to come.

A mother (pictured) whose daughter was stabbed 75 times in a frenzied assault by her stalker ex-boyfriend has revealed she is still haunted by the killer’s chilling words to police warning them more to come.

Joshua Stimpson, of Wouldham, was sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of Molly McLaren (pictured together) in Chatham, Kent in 2017

Stimpson, who was sentenced to life in prison and spent at least 26 years behind bars, had posted threatening messages about Molly on Facebook before attacking her in a retail park.

Molly had contacted police twice about her ex’s behavior, the second less than a week before her death, but he ignored police warnings to leave her alone.

Joanne recalls the moment they contacted the police and says, “I came home and I said to Molly, okay, let’s take it one step further.

‘We’re going to the police. They both took us to a room, Molly told them all about it and they said, “Okay, we need to talk to Josh.”

“They called. He was very cool, very calm, very collective, actually came across quite cold, and the police told him to stop what he was doing, if he didn’t stop they should come and arrest him.

“And he kept saying, repeating, ‘I haven’t done anything wrong, I haven’t done anything wrong, and if you think so, there’s more to come,’ and those words still haunt me now.”

Stimpson stabbed Molly (pictured together) after following her to the gym, 12 days after she ended their seven-month relationship

Stimpson stabbed Molly (pictured together) after following her to the gym, 12 days after she ended their seven-month relationship

Stimpson stabbed Molly (pictured together) after following her to the gym, 12 days after she ended their seven-month relationship

Joanne and Doug McLaren, left, were devastated when their daughter Molly was murdered by Stimpson

Joanne and Doug McLaren, left, were devastated when their daughter Molly was murdered by Stimpson

Joanne and Doug McLaren, left, were devastated when their daughter Molly was murdered by Stimpson

Stimpson and Molly had been dating for seven months since late 2016 after meeting on Tinder, but she ended it about two weeks before the fatal attack.

After they broke up, Stimpson started posting things about her online and following her on nights out.

Molly confronted Stimpson after he followed her to the gym on June 29, 2017 and tried to work out in the same room. She left the fitness club when her mother urged her to come home.

But Stimpson followed her into the parking lot and stabbed her repeatedly as she tried to drive away. CCTV footage showed him being arrested, covered in blood, after a passerby bravely tried to stop the attack.

Molly was attacked in the driver's seat of her Citroen as she tried to leave the area

Molly was attacked in the driver's seat of her Citroen as she tried to leave the area

Molly was attacked in the driver’s seat of her Citroen as she tried to leave the area

Stimpson bought a knife from Asda days before the frenzied attack on his ex-girlfriend, where he stabbed her 75 times

Molly suffered at least 75 knife wounds and her throat was completely slit, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

Minutes before the attack, she had messaged her friends that she was “looking over her shoulder all the time” because of her obsessive ex.

Stimpson denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility and claimed he had “borderline personality disorder” after his parents separated when he was young.

Consultant Dr. Shahid Majid said Stimpson had a “hypersensitivity to any rejection” after his parents split and, when his relationship with Miss McLaren ended, he proceeded to try to “control, scare and harm her.”

A jury rejected Stimpson's (pictured) allegations of diminished responsibility due to bipolar disorder and convicted him of murder in February 2018

A jury rejected Stimpson's (pictured) allegations of diminished responsibility due to bipolar disorder and convicted him of murder in February 2018

A jury rejected Stimpson’s (pictured) allegations of diminished responsibility due to bipolar disorder and convicted him of murder in February 2018

But prosecutor Philip Bennett’s QC argued that Stimpson “considered the execution of Molly carefully” and his actions before her death showed that he was “following her movements, waiting for the moment when he has chosen to kill her.”

Two of Stimpson’s previous girlfriends shared how he stalked them after they broke up.

Alexandra Dale said he would follow her and take pictures of her, asking why she was wearing certain clothes. He also sent her a photo of her backyard and threatened to drown her on vacation.

Another of his ex-girlfriends, Leah Hubbard, said he spat booze on her in a nightclub after they broke up, then waited outside for hours for her to leave.

A jury rejected Stimpson’s claims of diminished responsibility as a result of bipolar disorder and convicted him of murder in February 2018.

The Murder of Molly McLaren: Social Media Murders, tonight at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub

From Tinder encounter to murder: how Joshua Stimpson became obsessed with Molly McLaren after the couple split

july 2016 – Molly McLaren, from Cobham in Kent, and Joshua Stimpson, from nearby Wouldham, meet on Tinder and start talking.

November – The couple meets in person for the first time.

March 2017 – They spend time apart after Ms. McLaren decides she wants to end their relationship.

Stimpson was pictured buying a knife while planning the horrific knife attack

Stimpson was pictured buying a knife while planning the horrific knife attack

Stimpson was pictured buying a knife while planning the horrific knife attack

June 17 – Mrs. McLaren tells Stimpson that their relationship is over during a night out in Maidstone.

June 19 – A family member says Ms McLaren Stimpson has posted disparaging messages about her on Facebook alleging she is a drug addict.

June 20 – Ms McLaren applies for a job as a receptionist at Nuffield Gym in Medway Valley Park.

21st of June – Ms McLaren tells a friend in a WhatsApp message that she is afraid of Stimpson.

June 22 – Mrs McLaren and her mother Joanne go to North Kent Police Station to report the reports. An officer calls Stimpson in their presence and tells him to stop or risk prosecution.

June 27 – Stimpson joins the same gym where Ms McLaren has applied.

– He is approached for the second time by the police when the messages continue.

– At 5 pm he buys a Sabatier paring knife from Asda in Chatham. He buys a Saxon pickaxe 24 minutes later from the nearby Homebase.

June 28 – Ms McLaren posts a selfie on Instagram about her plans for a night out before heading to the Ship and Trades pub in Chatham. Stimpson is spotted staring at her and her friends from the smoking area.

Stimpson followed Miss McLaren to a pub after she posted this photo on Instagram and said where she was going

Stimpson followed Miss McLaren to a pub after she posted this photo on Instagram and said where she was going

Stimpson followed Miss McLaren to a pub after she posted this photo on Instagram and said where she was going

June 29 – 10:06 a.m. Ms McLaren arrives at the Dockside store in Chatham for a workout at PureGym.

– 10.25 am. Stimpson arrives and enters the same training studio as Mrs. McLaren, placing his mat close to hers. CCTV shows him pacing up and down the stairs before entering the studio.

– 10.45 am. Mrs. McLaren texts her mother and says, “Mom, he came to the gym and is next to me.”

– 10:54 am. She calls her mother and is told to go home right away and drive safely.

– 10:57 a.m. Stimpson leaves the gym. Mrs McLaren leaves three minutes later.

– 11.02 am. In her very last message, Ms McLaren tells friends on WhatsApp: ‘I feel like I’m looking over my shoulder all the time.’

– 11:03 a.m. Witnesses call 999 as Stimpson rips open the door of the college student’s car and carries out the frenzied attack while inside. Passerby Benjamin Morton tries to stop him, but Stimpson goes ahead and stabs her more than 75 times with the kitchen knife he bought a few days earlier.

– He is arrested moments later when the police find him up and down the car covered in blood. The knife and pickaxe are seized from his car.

– When questioned by the police, he answers ‘no comment’.

June 30th – Stimpson is charged with murder.

January 23, 2018 – Stimpson faces trial at Maidstone Crown Court after admitting manslaughter by diminished responsibility but denies murder.

February 6 – A jury unanimously finds Stimpson guilty of murder.

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